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With Khadija Aisha Ba, tradition creates modernity

After studying in France, Khadija Aisha Ba came back to Dakar to become one of the country’s hottest stylists. Her trademark? Mixing traditional and contemporary styles to create unique designs people just can’t get enough of. Respecting the past is the key …

"We add our own touch to create unique designs"

Interior designer Toufik Belaffari defines himself as a mover and a shaker. He doesn’t just create furniture, he creates furniture you want to stroke and gaze at all day. For him, beauty and uniqueness go hand in hand, as he pays homage to Moroccan savoir-fair…

Lillya brings holistic Ayurvedic treatments to Morocco

The traditional Indian medicine of Ayurvda is popular around the world, from Europe to the Americas. Now two sisters have opened Morocco's first 100% Ayurvedic centre. My Chic Africa checked it out. The story starts in Casablanca with Moroccan expat Sanae, …

Stylished in African kimono

Kimonos with African fabrics ! Why had no one thought of this before? Two of the most easily identifiable things in fashion are the Japanese kimono and the patterns of West-African fabrics. Yet until the Cameroonian artist and designer behind Wafrica, Serge…

The Renaissance of African Men’s Fashion

The must-have Ghanaian menswear label Chocolate is embodying the revival of African fashion   Well-cut, short-sleeved shirts, body-hugging garments made from bright or tribal fabrics, and a tell-tale ‘C’ sewn onto breast pockets: the hip label Chocolate …

In vogue, yet not in Vogue

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has fuelled an ongoing debate about Vogue Africa, declaring that Africa should have its own edition of the magazine to acknowledge the huge impact the continent has had on the fashion industry.   ELLE launched a version of its …

Olivier Tébily, from stadiums to Cognac barrels

For the last five years, the 42-year-old, retired Ivorian footballer, Olivier Tébily, has been making a name for himself in the world of brandy, becoming the world’s first black cognac producer. Olivier Tébily likes to call himself a “passionate craftsman”…

Luxury bags “Made in Egypt”

In 2013, the Abdelraouf sisters launched Okhtein, a luxury bag company that has taken both Hollywood and the Middle East by storm. The elegant women’s minaudières (small, box-like handbags) worn in the 1930s have been updated by two sisters from Cairo. Pass…

Kösem, the brand reinventing Moroccan headwear

Morocco’s sherifian, brimless felt hat, the fez or tarboosh, is back in style thanks to two hat lovers who decided to turn this venerable male head garment into a contemporary unisex fashion statement The ancient Greeks invented it, but the cylindrical, fla…

Abidjan, the place to eat in West Africa

Hungry for African cuisine with an international twist? Go to Abidjan and munch your way through the city’s best restaurants... It’s official. The Ivorian capital has become the foodiest spot in West Africa. Herb-grilled gambas with a view? Try Le Grand Lar…

Azuelos, the gem of Morocco

Who said prestigious jewellery houses had to be in Paris or New York? Some prefer the refinement of Casablanca and the aestheticism of Rabat. For over a century, Azuelos has been combining Moroccan traditions with Western styles to create some of the most b…